Get to know Lucas Krauel a little better, a surgeon who 3D-prints tumors to fight childhood cancer

Lucas krauel

Many are the people who see in technologies such as 3D printing new forms of business while others, on the contrary, see in them the ideal way to improve the day-to-day life of all the people around them. This is the case of Lucas krauel, a Catalan surgeon who has been working for years to eradicate the neuroblastoma, a very aggressive type of tumor that forms in nervous tissue and develops mainly in children.

As he himself argues:

They are very difficult cases to operate because the tumor surrounds blood vessels and arteries. I remember surgeons who have had to say: 'Look no, this can't be done, it's inoperable'. But the prognosis of children depends exactly on that. If we cannot remove the tumor, the survival rate decreases.

Lucas Krauel is a perfect example of how innovative technologies such as 3D printing can help many patients.

Lucas Krauel continues with his words commenting that, although this technique can help many patients, the truth is that, at least for the moment, it is too expensive since in many cases the 3D printing of a prototype it can cost up to 3.000 euros Although today they continue to work very hard in the development of this technology to ensure that it can cost 300 euros although, at least for now, there is still a long way to go since the materials are too rudimentary. On the other hand, his team is struggling to get these kinds of jobs can be carried out more quickly since, at the moment, it is the surgeons and technicians themselves who have to review all the images that make up a digital reconstruction, something that can perfectly take up to a week of work.


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